How To Make a Curtain and Valance With Wallpaper
By Corwin C
For the curtain, you will need:
A paper with a pattern of your choice
Cutting mat, to protect the surface you’re working on.
Cut a piece of paper double the size you are covering. I needed my curtain to be 5 inches wide, so I cut one ten inches. It needs to be as tall as what you are trying to cover. Now using the eXacto knife GENTLY score lines approximately ever 1/4th of an inch. . I wanted mine to be imperfect, however if you want yours to be perfect then score exactly ever 1/4th of an inch.
When I say gently, I mean hold the knife as you would a pencil. Using very little pressure, like you are drawing with a pencil, score your lines. You can use a pencil to mark your lines but if this curtain is to be seen from a window, this is not a good idea. You can also use a two sided paper as well.
Fold like an accordion. When done it should look like the above picture. Now on to the valance.
For the valance you will need:
Paper in a contrasting pattern cardstock,
Glue or wallpaper paste. (I used Grandma Stovers glue but any glue that doesn’t curl wall paper will be ok.)
Cut your paper out, ideal one inch wide is as wide as you want to go. For a neat edge I am leaving half an inch on either side. Also cut your cardstock to however wide you want your valance to be. You can also cut shapes or curly q’s but I am not doing that today.
Score your paper so the pattern you want on your valance is in the middle. Next put the adhesive on your card stock, and attach. Then wrap around your excess paper giving it a clean neat look.
Step 3. (Optional)
If you want to shape your valance now is a good time. Place it in your room and see. Trim if you need to. Then let your valance dry for about an hour.
Now putting glue on your valance, attach your curtain. You can fold your curtain over if you wish. I clamped mine to hold its shape. I then let it dry over night.
Place in your room, sit back enjoy.
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